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FiferFifer Posts: 60
edited March 2009 in Road buying advice
H all!

I'm after a new set of wheels for my Allez Elite. I have a budget of £400 max (so the wife tells me but I think i can squeeze a few more pounds out of her :) ) I have spent days on picking between the options below but still not any closer to buying anything.

I was thinking about the following wheels.

Compag Zonda's
Fulcrum Racing 3's
Shimano Ulltegra's
Mavic Ksyrium Elite's

I am 15st so I would be looking for something that can take my fat censored .

Any other recommendations?


Winter Bike: Specialized Allez Elite
Summer Bike: Specialized Tarmac Pro SL


  • dombo6dombo6 Posts: 751
    Try Easton EA90. Great wheels, "factory" but actually handmade.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    Mavic Open Pro rims with DT Swiss 240s hubs plus your choice of spoke.

    I have replaced some Mavic Ksyrium Equipes with these on my winter bike (Although my rear hub is a powertap), they run so buttery smooth, are bomb proof and maintenance is a doddle.

    I also use the Shimano Dura Ace carbon clinchers on my bestbike which are absolutely fabulous, I got them brand new for £450 but they have gone up a lot since...
  • ScottiePScottieP Posts: 599
    I've also got an Allez Elite and just recently upgraded to Easton EA90 SLX (the lower spoke version than the EA90 SL) and I really like them... much more comfortable ride than the poor wheels that came with my bike, lovely hubs too - very smooth and they use standard spokes I believe in case you need a replacement. If you can still find some 2008 Eastons - you might be pleasantly surprised at what you can buy them for. I was looking at handbuilts but I could get the Easton's cheaper and they were lighter than the handbuilts I was considering too. So far they've been great.

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  • dombo6dombo6 Posts: 751
    Yes, mine are the EA90 SLX. Had them for a year and done about 1200 miles on them including a Dragon Ride and Etape. Very light and strong - still perfectly true after many potholes, appalling Surrey roads - and incredibly easy to service. Took me just 20 minutes to remove freehub, stuff it with grease and reassemble.
  • maddog 2maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Mavic Open Pro rims with DT Swiss 240s hubs plus your choice of spoke.

    Good spec but I don't think that come in under £400. Just had a set of Ambrosio Excellights on Hope Pro3s builts up which came in under £400. Not as light as the Mavic Elites (about 1640g on my scales) but should ride well.

    I've not ridden them but the new Elites certainly look good.
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